Health Environment

Description and aims

Glocally the environment we live in and where we create our health is challenged. This stream focuses on the health and equity impacts of, e.g., urban sprawl, infrastructure development (Healthy Airports), walkable access, greenspace, active transport, and healthcare facility and precinct design. ‘Health Environment’, through CHETRE, manages the Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory at MBG SPHERE.  The stream builds on a long tradition of separate work across CPHCE hubs.

Key current research areas

Health and high density urban living

In this research area CPHCE coordinates data collection, dissemination and advocacy on high density residential developments across Greater Sydney. CHETRE convenes a group with Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District and Parramatta and Liverpool Council representatives; HERDU does the same around developments in Green Square.

Western Sydney Airport

This program focuses on supporting authorities in shaping policies and programmes that facilitate best futures for Western Sydney Airport scenarios. Health Impact Assessments are being carried out, and a research programme into the Healthy Aerotropolis is under way.

Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory

This program brings together different universities and service providers to consider policy-relevant research programmes and strategies to support Healthy Urban Planning.

Key partners

Key partners in the stream and its research programmes are local communities, consumer groups and community advocates, health districts, local councils, and industry.

Stream lead

Evelyne de Leeuw leads this stream.



Working with Councils Health Impact Assessment Learning-by-doing training

In 2018-19 CHETRE was supported by SWSLHD Population Health to run Health Impact Assessment learning-by-doing Training with local councils. CHETRE provided training (3 days face to face) and support to 4 local council teams working on a range of locally based projects. Councils that took part in the training include:

  • Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Canterbury-Bankstown City Council
  • Camden Council
  • Campbelltown City Council 




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